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# 208471 13-Feb-2017 16:37
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I have an older Yamaha home theatre receiver (2006) that has no HDMI inputs and outputs. I have a relatively late model Panasonic TV (2015) and thought I could use the optical audio output from the TV into the receiver and then I'd be able to get sound out of the TV into the amp but it doesn't work! This is mainly for Netflix. Has anyone got any ideas on how to get this to work? Is it even possible or am I just wasting my time? I don't really want to buy a new receiver as it's a good amp and works for everything I need apart from using the TV as the audio source.


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  # 1719499 13-Feb-2017 16:45
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You might have to enable it somewhere in the sub menu.

 

My Sony amp was disabled from default and it was burried way in the sub menu to turn optical on.

 

 




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  # 1719503 13-Feb-2017 16:52
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hsvhel:

 

You might have to enable it somewhere in the sub menu.

 

My Sony amp was disabled from default and it was burried way in the sub menu to turn optical on.

 

 

 

 

I've already done that but will go through it again tonight.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1719504 13-Feb-2017 16:52
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Interestingly enough...

 

The Netflix app on Panasonic TV's defaults to Dolby Digital +, this is a sound format favored by streaming services as it opens up surround sound without requiring a lot of bandwidth. The downside? There are a lot of older receivers that won't support it as it simply hadn't even been thought up when they were manufactured...

 

So... to get Netflix to work via your TV you will need to go into the audio options of the application and change the output to PCM.

 

Normally you'd only need to do it one.

 

But, the way Panasonic's app. is written means you need to do it every time you go into the app OR start a new show.

 

 

 

It's a PITA.

 

Netflix blame Panasonic, Panasonic blame Netflix - both parties have done nothing since 2012.

 

 


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  # 1719508 13-Feb-2017 16:58
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I have the same era TV (Panny G10 plasma) and a newer Yamaha receiver. I am using an optical cable to get sound from the TV to the receiver for Freeview & a Wii BUT it is only in stereo and not 5.1, this is a "feature" of the TV.


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  # 1719510 13-Feb-2017 17:02
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The optical out on your TV may only work with broadcast TV. My Panasonic TV is much older than yours but it won't pass through anything but freeview audio via SPDIF. Perhaps it is the same for the smart apps on your TV?

I feel your pain with the amp, having spent a fortune on one to find it made obselescent within 12 months by changing input standards. It is a great amp, but a useless AV receiver so now it is relegated to use as a stereo amp.

Edit

Disregard the freeview only bit above, I see @Dunnersfella has provided the solution while I was composing.




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  # 1719516 13-Feb-2017 17:23
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I have the same amp and am still using it with great satisfaction. I even had it recently repaired. I wouldn't want anything more 'modern'. Optical audio works fine, but not from the TV since that will only output stereo. Instead, I have split my home theatre into two parts, one for video, the other for audio. Video goes straight to the TV via HDMI, of course. Audio is inputted separately from multiple sources as raw digital, either optical or coax. My Harmony automatically switches the audio input on the receiver, along with all the other stuff. I keep the TV audio turned down. The TV is essentially used as a dumb monitor, with the smarts coming from the various input devices, including the HTPC. which is also my streaming device. This gives maximum flexibility. 

 

 





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  # 1719531 13-Feb-2017 18:50
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scherfie:

 

I have the same era TV (Panny G10 plasma) and a newer Yamaha receiver. I am using an optical cable to get sound from the TV to the receiver for Freeview & a Wii BUT it is only in stereo and not 5.1, this is a "feature" of the TV.

 

 

 

 

I thought Wii's are only capable of out-putting stereo and not surround sound?




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  # 1809499 30-Jun-2017 12:01
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An update and my solution. I bought a 3rd gen Apple TV which has an optical output. I can now use Netflix and get surround sound output. The Apple TV cost about $100 second hand via Trade Me. This saves me having to upgrade my amp for a little while longer. 


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